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April 24, 2018

Pamela E. Barnett, Ph.D., Named Dean of La Salle University’s School of Arts and Sciences

PHILADELPHIA (April 24, 2018)— Following a comprehensive national search, La Salle University has named Pamela E. Barnett, Ph.D., as Dean of its School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Barnett begins at La Salle effective July 9, 2018.

“Dr. Barnett’s strategic and entrepreneurial vision, and ability to implement new, successful programs and initiatives have transformed organizations, and supported faculty and student success. She brings strong servant leadership to La Salle, having participated on numerous university and community committees, advisory boards, and associations,” said Brian Goldstein, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at La Salle University. “I am confident that Dr. Barnett will bring vision, creativity, energy, and collaborative leadership to our largest school and epicenter of our liberal arts education. We know she will continue to make diversity, inclusion, and healthy intergroup engagement a focus at La Salle as it has been in each of her prior roles.”

“When I read the strategic plan Momentum 2022, and saw the university’s aspiration to be one of the nation’s preeminent teaching and learning institutions, I knew La Salle was where I needed to be.” Pamela E. Barnett, Ph.D. said, “In my vision, the members of the La Salle community will, of course, gain and produce knowledge and build cognitive skills, but also develop as human beings who can make common cause with others to make the world a better place.”

For three years beginning in 2014, Dr. Barnett was the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Trinity Washington University—a Catholic university in Washington, D.C. which enrolls about 2,500 students (1,000 in Arts and Sciences), the vast majority of whom are Pell grant eligible, underrepresented students of color, and first-generation to college. Among her many achievements there, Dr. Barnett articulated the vision and created a holistic strategic plan for student enrollment and retention; led faculty through a first-year general education curriculum redesign and implementation; initiated and implemented adoption of a new professional advising model; and created the structure and support for robust faculty development. Overall retention increased by 4%, and 1st to 2nd year persistence increased by 8%, and over $1.4 million in grants were awarded.

From 2007 to 2014, Dr. Barnett was Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Temple University. In this role, she was responsible for fostering excellence in teaching and high-impact practices in all 17 schools and colleges. Under her leadership, faculty participation more than doubled in instructional development. She also established faculty learning communities on community based learning; diversity and inclusion; accessibility and universal design for learning and online teaching. Other previous roles included Associate Director of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton University.

She began her academic career as Assistant and Associate Professor, English and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina where she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for the English Department. Her scholarship includes a book on literature written in response to the liberation movements of the 1960s, and numerous peer-reviewed articles on American literature. Her most recent publications are on excellence in teaching in higher education, with a special focus on teaching diverse populations and teaching about race. She has presented on a variety of subjects including STEM education, persistence models, embracing diversity in leading and teaching, and developing faculty learning communities.

Dr. Barnett earned her Ph.D. in English from Emory University, and received her B.A., cum laude, in English from Barnard College.

About La Salle University    La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Brothers of the Christian Schools teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values, and has consistently been recognized for providing exceptional value to students, most recently by Money magazine (5th on the 2016 list of “50 Colleges That Add the Most Value”), Forbes (“America’s Best Value College” list), and The Economist (“Top 100 Schools in the U.S. for Value”). Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes nearly 1,000 schools and centers of education, including 62 colleges and universities, serving 960,000 students in 77 countries.